Monday, June 22, 2009

THE GOD IN ME



Life is full of ups and downs! A never ending journey through plains, hill and valleys. Each person's experience is unique and can best be described as personal. However, no matter where you find yourself presently, God wants to be entangled in every aspect of your personal journey. I encourage you to remind yourself today that the God of the entire universe lives inside of you and He is greater than any enemy you could ever face!Personal Prayer: Heavenly Father, allow me to trust more in you than I trust in myself. Help me not to be hindered by the things of this world but, be transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2). No matter what life throws my way help me not to waver or look for convenient bailouts that don't encapsulate your plans for me. I thank you Lord, that you live inside of me and you guide my footsteps everyday. Remind me today that by faith, I have access to everything you are and everything you have (Romans 5:1-5). Order my steps in your word dear Lord. Teach me not to walk in fear, contempt, jealousy, bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, and anger. I embrace your truth this day by asking for the grace needed to walk in forgiveness, confidence, peace, joy, truth, understanding, wisdom, knowledge, balance, and meekness. I surrender all that I am to you. Thank you for your enduring love. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen!

"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world and the world listens to them. We are from God and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood." (1John 4:4-6 NIV)









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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Praise Saves The Day








Praising God is one of the most powerful spiritual weapons we have as believers. As children of God, we should give him praise in every circumstance we find ourselves in. I acknowledge that most times this is easier said than done but, it still does not change this spiritual truth. Praise must transcend the barriers of religion by becoming an essential part of our lifestyle. I believe that when we begin to render unconditional praise to God, we will witness drastic changes in every area of our life. Change for the most part is never accidental. If you want to see a real change take place in your life, you must first make up your mind to do something different--change occurs first internally.

I urge you today to do something different. Give God permission to change you from the inside out. Start by placing your faith in God. I encourage you to begin right now by offering praise for both the good and the bad in your life. Keep in mind that God is more than able to quiet every storm that seeks to destroy your joy and steal your peace. When we as believers render unconditional praise to God, we usher in the presence of the Almighty. During this season of turmoil, it will be the praise we offer up to God that saves the day. Mark my words, God is going to use praise in the life of each believer to restore, heal, and deliver. Until next time, remember the race is not given to the swift or the fast but, to the man or woman who endures.

Personal Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me to praise you consistently. Allow me to trust more in you than what I see happening around me. I know that my ability to trust you affects my outcome. Give me the grace to turn my back on confusion, tiredness, complacency, fear, and dread. Restore my joy and hope for the future. Quiet every storm in my life as, I praise you unconditionally. I lift my voice like a trumpet today. I declare that I will see the salvation of the Lord in the land of the living. I will place my hope in you Father, because you are an everlasting God, who cares deeply for me. I believe that you will work out all things for my good. When I feel overshadowed by fatigue, I will continue to praise you. Lord, I know that you did not bring me this far just to turn your back on me. I also know that the plans you have for me are bigger than what I can currently see in front of me. I trust you Lord, so today I am letting go of all my inhibitions. In Jesus' mighty name I pray, Amen!

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:1-8 NIV)



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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Personal Declaration



I trust in an eternal God who holds the entire universe in the palm of his hands
When I crumble with fear my Heavenly Father draws me near
There is nowhere I can go to escape his gaze
Mesmerized by the endless grace of his reign
I sing hallelujah I'm saved
Death could have defeated me
Life could have imprisoned me
But thanks to the selfless love of Jesus
I have the opportunity to possess endless victory
~By Donzie-Bright~


Personal Prayer: Heavenly Father, no matter what I go through or experience, I know that you are in complete control of both the good and the bad. I trust you in the mist of uncertainty because, I am certain that you have the ability to supply my every need. Today, I say no to fear, doubt and unbelief. I focus on you and the promises contained in your holy word. I command peace, joy and prosperity to enter my life as I follow you each day. In all things I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen!


"You see, at just the right time when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 6:6-8 NIV)








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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Simple Words



Dear Lord,


I pray that you open up the hearts and minds of your people. Allow them to receive you in the fullness of your beauty and grace. Help us to understand that our lives are not just our own. Remind us daily that we were created for a purpose. In everything we give you the praise and glory. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.


"Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance." (Ephesians 1:15-18 NIV)
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Monday, April 20, 2009

HAPPY MONDAY

In the spirit of everything beauty and pure, it gives me great please to announce that I have decided to change the days of the week. I believe you will find these timely improvement motivational and inspiring. Have a delicious week everyone!
Donzie-Bright xoxo
Marvelous Monday
Thrilling Tuesday




Whimsical Wednesday





Thoughtful Thursday



Fabulous Friday





Stunning Saturday





Super Sunday



"The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

LAND OF DREAMS













When you have a dream so pure
You fail to mind the time
Promises so dear so true
Renew your hope in life
Dreams sent from up above
Echo loudly our saviors love

Listen close dear child come near
There is no reason to harbor fear
It's only when you trust in God
That dreams will come and fill your heart
The Lord he has a master plan
Prepare yourself to take his hand

Dreams you know they do come true
If you will pray them through
Lord please help me find my way
Purpose every step I take
I want to do your will this day
Help me Lord strengthen my faith

In the mist of fantasy
Breathe your holy words in me
Speak the vision
Make it plan
Let your truth resonate

In my dreams there will always be
A special place for you and me
Never will I disobey
Hear this simple prayer I pray
Make my dreams reality
Don't let me live in make believe
~Donzie-Bright~
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Before Dawn

I woke up this morning clinging to my sheet and pillow. But, before I type any further, I should probably explain that my bedroom is my most favorite place in all the world. My bedroom is my tabernacle; my safe place. In my bedroom, I have the most intimate conversations with God while sprawled across a sea of decorative tapestry. Married people have pillow talk but, I'm not married so in the wee hours of the night, I talk to God. I pour out my heart. I open my soul like a book and in return God comforts me by giving me insight. Today was no different. The following is a list I composed while laying wide awake.



God is not
  • Dead
  • Busy
  • Weak
  • Afraid
  • Unable
  • Hopeless
  • Uninterested
  • Poor
  • Unfaithful
  • Untruthful
  • Unforgiving
  • Fickle
  • Unreliable
  • Far Away
  • Defeated
  • Double Minded
  • Confused
  • Malicious
  • Manipulative
  • Like Man
  • Prejudice
  • Sexist
God is
  • Real
  • Merciful
  • Kind
  • Life
  • Faithful
  • Freedom
  • Truth
  • Knowledge
  • Powerful
  • Wisdom
  • Restorer
  • Concerned
  • Compassionate
  • Gentle
  • Strong
  • Healer
  • Deliver
  • Comforter
  • Able
  • Patient
  • Accepting
  • Reliable
  • Loving
  • Forgiving
  • Provider
  • Ruler
  • Lord
  • King
  • In Control
  • Rich
  • All Knowing
  • Everywhere
  • Creator
  • Artist
  • Poet
  • Teacher
  • Builder
  • Life Coach
  • Listener
  • Mediator
  • Problem Solver
  • In Everyone Of Us
"No, In all these things we are more than conquerors thorough him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39 NIV)
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

FORGIVENESS















I was once told that the gift of true friendship is the most precious gift you can ever bestow on someone. Though, I still agree with this observation, I have a slightly different perspective shaped by years of experience. First, friendship is a rare commodity and honestly, the most precious gift you can ever give someone is forgiveness. Second, forgiveness is a necessary ingredient in any successful relationship and third, forgiveness is a choice. So today, I simply chose to forgive because God first forgave me.

Personal Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you will set me free from unforgiveness. Allow me to extend the grace that you so freely offer me to others. I know that it is by your power that I have been set free. Today, I ask that you teach me how to embrace your grace and experience freedom in every area of my life. Please do not let stubbornness, bitterness or unforgiveness block my blessings. Help me move beyond the mistakes of yesterday by empowering me to embrace today. Amen!


"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)



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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mystery of War

WHERE THERE IS NO PEACE
THERE IS WAR




Last night I said a prayer for the soldiers who could not be here







I prayed for the families of the broken and torn






Mysteries to grand to conceive filled my prayers







Youth who will never reclaim their innocence




Parents who will bury their children prematurely






Wives who will explain to their sons daddy is not coming home




Husbands who will painfully tell their daughters mommy is forever gone



Communities who will mourn alone



Singing the unclaimed hero's song




Last night I tried to understand the mysteries of war





My heart bled for those in pain





I sobbed let peace replace war



Joy replace pain



Love replace hate



Truth replace lies



Generosity replace greed




Dear God turn enemies into friends


Bring an allegiance between the race of men




Last night I prayed for the reality contained in the mystery of war

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Friday, April 3, 2009

BEYOND EXPECTATION












Several months ago, I found myself exerting endless energy on unproductive, draining, mind-boggling activities. The result: a steady spiritual decline. The cause: aimlessly spinning my wheels in the wrong direction. Chasing false leads to nowhere, I quickly became an angry, tired, frustrated basket case. Unable to keep up with the demands of my busy life, I sank deeper into withdrawal. I was turning into a puppet suspended in the vastness of an empty universe--a universe I single handily created.

Thoroughly pissed off with life, I couldn't understand why things were not falling into place for me. After all, I had subscribed to all the right magazines. The best books lined my shelves. Yet, nothing in my education had prepared me to travel down this lonely road.

Relatively young by any standard, I felt powerless. A restless-fatigue hung over my head. Attempting to settle back into some type of normalcy, I pacified my disappointment during the day by masking it with a rigorous schedule that left me to tired to think. My plan was perfect except for one or two flaws; a canceled dinner with friends and the occasional headache. Alone time forced me to acknowledge the gaping holes in my soul. During these times I suffered most--beating each pillow on my bed into submission by an onslaught of tears.


In an attempt to cure myself from despair, I continued to engage in the monotony of life. Accepting that my new disposition was probably the equivalence of happiness. Embracing complacency wholeheartedly, I became a quick study of how things worked in this new world. Yet, the more I tried to behave as one of the natives; the more I realized how out of place I was in this strange world.

Like a Bubbling brook something began to bubble over inside of me and when I was absolutely quite, I could hear a rumbling in the depth of my soul. What was this unexplainable feeling I asked myself? But no explanation ever came so eventually, I became to angry to even notice.

From experience I could tell that the Donzie-Bright melt down was rapidly approaching. I remember thinking; okay this could be the big one--the breaking point. I was at the lowest point in my life. I was slipping rapidly into a sinkhole--there was no light insight--everything was rapidly fading to black and amazingly, I continued to sink lower.

Two days later in a half conscious state, I shuffled over to my laptop to check my emails. I know, weird right? Here I am at my lowest state ever and I'm taking a timeout to check emails. Well, that's exactly what I did and to my surprise, I had received a rather lengthy email from a former colleague and friend, who we will refer to as Judith.

In Judith's email, she stated that she really missed our working relationship and desired to reconnect with me professionally. Happy to receive such an uplifting email, I responded immediately echoing Judith's sentiments. In the emails that followed, Judith tried to convince me in a rather sales pitchy sort of way to quit my current job, in order to join her in the new business endeavor.

Unfortunately, when I graciously declined the offer, Judith viciously lashed out; accusing me of not being ambitious enough. Needless to say, by the time I finished reading these emails, I was outraged. Determined not to be further drawn into Judith's web of negativity, I took a ten minute Wushu moment before hitting the delete key.

In the weeks that followed, I decided to harness my fiery into the fire needed to fuel my dreams. Let’s, pause here because it is so important that you understand that the fire that burns inside of me today is not fueled by negativity. My motivation is rooted in a sincere desire to reach my full potential in life.

Further, I made a decision to forgive Judith. After all, she was the motivation I needed to get off my butt! Judith's emails ignited a real fire on the inside of me. Her emails challenged me to examine myself more closely and I am happy to report that I am in full swing--finishing two manuscripts in addition, to the creation of this Blog; Fueled By Fire.

In the words of my mother, "a lot can happen in 24 hours." A single day can bring about the rise and fall of a nation or an economy! You just never know what a day might bring. Sometimes the path we choose for ourselves may not be the path God has intended for us to take. If you're like me than you have probably made a few detours along the way to your purpose. When we collide with the plans of God the results can be catastrophe; lose of joy, peace and purpose.

Thankfully, God doesn't feel compelled to check our to-do-list, blackberry, tweets, or Blog before he intervenes in the affairs of our life. God's plans are not our plans nor are his ways our ways. Turns out--God is on his own page. I've found that godly interruptions are not interruptions at all but, opportunities to experience God in new ways. Godly interruptions not only change our day, they alter our life. The key is to not let impatience override the plan of God. As a skillful builder, God seeks to build you and I into vessels that reflect every promise found in his word.


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  • Look for unexpected blessings. God uses our entire life to teach us life changing lessons.

  • When offended don't harbor grudges. Ask God to help you forgive and look beyond offenses.

  • Remember life is a journey filled with peeks and valleys. Don't dwell in the valleys.

  • Be flexible. God knows where he is trying to take you. Trust his direction for your life.

  • Trust God no matter what things look like--translation--stop worrying.

  • Allow God to be your motivation. He will give you creative ways to use your talents and gifts.

  • Proving people wrong takes to much energy. Live your life on purpose.



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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BURSTING INTO SPRING






I woke up today in a different sort of mood. For the first time in months, I really felt alive. I felt as if all my senses were on fire; refreshed renewed. It was amazing to say the least. I jumped out of bed ready to start my day but, it took me a few minutes to realize what was going on. Afraid the feeling wouldn't last, I glanced around the drab bedroom for the tenth time that morning; reaffirming to myself that something was different. First, I wasn't tired which was a miracle in itself. Second, I actually was pretty excited to start my day. Third, I had an unbelievable resolve building in my inner being. So with an extra bounce in my step, I walked to the dresser to look in the mirror. Rubbing my face, I burst into a song. I call it my Spring Song.



Spring Song


Spring dances in midair
My senses awake
Hesitating, I hold my breath
Marveling at the mysteries in front of me
No longer able to conceal my joy
I too join in the dance
Spinning and twirling
I feel my entire being leaping with excitement

My mind races as I live in the moment
Hear my heart singing before you Lord
You are great
Your mercies last forever
Who can know your goodness unless you reveal it

Pausing I say
Yes I am willing
I trust you

I will follow you
Lead me beyond the limits of human expectation
I can do anything
Be anything
Tackle anything
So here I am Lord
Do a new thing this Spring in me

At the pinnacle of my excitement
God sang back to my heart a simple melody
Believe
Receive
I will supply every need


Matthew 6:25-34



Today, I made the decision to let go of everything that hinders or stops my progress. I know that God's purpose will exceed my expectations. God is the fire that breathes inspiration through my soul. I realized through the magic of my Spring Song that God is totally in control and loves me. In fact, I am so confident of his love that I am ready to face today and every day hereafter with boldness. I'm alive, I'm revived and the fire of God is burning deep inside!
I pray that you too will embrace the love of God as we march into Spring. Trust God today to supply every need. I urge you to let go of everything and everyone who stands in your path. Victory, peace, prosperity, and joy are just around the corner but, you have to be willing to turn that corner.
~db~
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Monday, March 30, 2009

NEVER SAY NEVER

I've learned to never ever say never because you never know what the future holds. Okay, okay, I can hear some of you die-hearts now screaming through my computer screen but, I'm serious. You really never know what you will say or do until you come face to face with that particular situation. In a perfect world maybe--but life is no crystal stair that you just glide up. So take it from me and show a little compassion and mercy the next time someone you know makes a complete fool of themselves. You never know, it might be your turn real soon to be on public display!



READY AIM FIRE



  • The next time you see someone doing something really stupid look the other way. I admit that this can be hard but, give it a try.
  • Forgive blunders without a lot of hoopla. Why make a deal big out of nothing. Learn to move on.
  • When you notice a mistake correct the mistake and don't attack the person. Don't make it personal.
  • Try to understand different points of view before you jump down a person's throat. Give people the benefit of the doubt. After all no one is perfect!
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